February 16, 2008

Where does our Electricity come from? This maps shows you where…

Writing about web page http://www.geni.org/

(Use the controls on the lower left corner of the presentation for navigation) 

With rising energy costs for those of us fortunate to have access to energy in the first place, I have been doing some personal research on the application of renewable energy in developing countries. I came across this map (which I dugg) and would like to share here. 

In case the text in the presentation is too small to read, here is a summary of its message:

  • Whilst Canada is 58% hydropowered, electricity in the US is 91% fossil or nuclear powered
  • 83% of Brazil's energy comes from hydropower
  • 99% of Norway's power is from Hydro while 98% of the UK is fossil or nuclear power
  • In Iceland 100% of the energy comes from hydro and geothermal with excess to create hydrogen for fuel cells
  • 509 million people (66%) in Sub-Saharan Africa live in darkness with no electricity
  • 713 million out of 1.4 billion in South Asia still have no electrical services
  • 98% of Chinese people have electricity access, however 82% is produced from Fossil and nuclear fuels
  • Australia is blessed with solar, geothermal and tidal resources but still using 92% fossil fuels. In contrast to New Zealand, which gets 68% of their electricity from hydro and geothermal

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